TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Courtney Nelson drove the length of court
to score on a layup with three seconds left, lifting Richmond to a
69-68 win over Butler in the first round of the Fiesta Bowl Classic
on Tuesday night.
Richmond will meet with winner of an Eastern Washington-Arizona
game for the championship Thursday night.
The final basket, only Nelson's second of the game, ended a
tight contest in which no more than six points separated the teams.
The lead changed hands four times in the final 54 seconds -- on
two free throws by Butler's Bruce Horan and Jamie Smalligan, a
3-pointer by Richmond's Jermaine Bucknor and Nelson's slash across
Polk had all his points in the second half, scoring seven in a
3:31 stretch in which he sent Butler into the lead twice.
The teams dueled through four lead changes and four ties in the
second half before Steenberge started an 8-2 spurt with a free
throw and Richmond took a 46-40 lead with 11:40 remaining.
But Polk went on his splurge, and Butler regained the lead at
51-50 on his free throw.
Neither team led by more than three after that.
Brooks had five points during an 11-2 run by the Bulldogs early
in the first half. Sheets capped it with a 3-pointer, sending
Butler to a 14-9 lead with 14:20 left.
But Steenberge tied it at 18 with a three-point play with 6:51
to go and dunked 32 seconds later, giving the Spiders the lead
Andres Sandoval broke a 26-all tie with a layup for Richmond in
the final seconds.